Modifies eligibility for early childhood programs to include:
- A child who has received early intervention services in the early support for infants and toddlers program and is at least thirty months old by August 31st of the school year.
Allows a child who meets the above criteria to enroll at any time during the year.
Updated on 4.12.19:
- Added a section allowing enrollment, as space is available, in ECEAP for children who turn three at any time during the school year if the children's family income is at or below 110 percent of the federal poverty level and the children have received early intervention services or have participated in Early Head Start.
- Clarifies that children enrolled under these circumstances are not considered part of the entitlement.
- Removes a section adding children who received early intervention services and were at least 30 months by August 31st as a new category of children eligible for the future ECEAP entitlement.
House Committee Amendments (Updated on 4.12.19):
- The maximum household income allowed for a non-entitled 3 year old to be enrolled in the ECEAP at any time during the school year is raised from 110 percent to 200 percent of the FPL.
- Alternatively, the child may meet one risk factor criterion adopted by the DCYF in rule.
- Participation in the Birth to Three ECEAP, if such a program is established, is added to the programs the child must have previously received services from or participated in.
Conforming amendments are made in the event that Second Substitute Senate Bill 5437, related to expanding eligibility to the ECEAP, is enacted.